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Klymit Claims World's Lightest Camping Pad

Klymit is on my radar as one of the most intriguing, innovative new gear companies on the scene. A winner of Popular Science's "Best of What's New" award in 2009, the company is best known for their Argon-insulated vests. I recently had the chance to speak with founder Nate Alder and he shows no sign of stopping at a few vests.

 

created at: 08/09/2010

At this year's Outdoor Retailer, one of the most hyped products around was Klymit's Inertia X Frame camping pad. As you can see in the picture, the pad features a unique design with a variety of cutouts aimed at cutting weight and size. In fact, it packs down smaller than a soda can and weighs just 9.1 ounces. For comparison sake, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir weighs 14 ounces and packs to the size of a one-liter bottle. Klymit designed the pad around the big pressure points such as hips, shoulders and legs to keep it supportive and comfortable.

Another advantage of the Inertia is that it can use either regular air or Argon for inflation. Like Klymit's clothing the Argon-based NobleTek insulation provides a little extra protection from the cold outside. The Inertia isn't designed for four-season use, but does provide more insulation than your average three-season pad.

The "lightest most packable camping pad in the industry" will cost $100 when it hits the market this fall, putting it well under the NeoAir.



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